The Florida State defensive end group has been dealing with the injury bug for the past few days. Starter Josh Sweat went down with concussion like symptoms, and Jacob Pugh suffered a sprained foot. That has led to extended playing time with the first team defense for true freshman Brian Burns.
Burns has been impressing since fall camp started according to Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“…the ends coming off the edge, and [Brian] Burns, I wish you could have seen him," Fisher said after the open practice on Sunday. "I’ve been super high on him.”
Burns got worked with the first team unit because of the injuries, but coach Fisher said that he would have worked with them some anyway.
“They got a lot of at bats,” Fisher said. “They were going to get them anyway. Burns has earned them. “
Other players on the first team defense have seen Burns play, and got an extended look at him today. Derwin James, who moonlights as a defensive end in certain packages, has been very impressed with what he saw from Burns during the scrimmage on Wednesday.
“I didn’t do anything at defensive end today because Brian Burns, he’s stepping up,” James said. “He’s out there with the ones and he’s making plays."
James had even more praise for Burns, comparing him to starter Josh Sweat, and for the defensive ends as a group.
“That defensive line is scary,” James said. “Brian Burns. He’s young and he gets to the quarterback. He reminds me of Sweat a lot. Burns, Sweat, and Demarcus, those guys just get to the quarterback. They’ve just got a knack for getting to the quarterback.”
Burns is a guy that was expected to come in and contribute some in third down situations, but he looks to be working himself into the regular rotation at a position that lacked a lot of depth coming into fall camp.